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Survey reveals NHL's best beer bargains

Canucks fan with a free beer This one was a post-lockout freebie, but Canucks fans typically cough up $7 (U.S.) for a 16-oz. suds at Rogers Arena. (Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Now this is the kind of advanced numbers analysis we all can comprehend.

The folks over at saveonbrew.com have compiled their (apparently) annual report on the cost of a frosty beverage at each of the NHL's 30 rinks. And while there are no happy hour-style bargains out there, the survey revealed there are still a few buildings that don't require a co-signer if you want to pick up a round for you and your puck-loving buddies.

The best bargain (relatively speaking) in the league? A 24-ounce silly pop will set you back just $6.25 at Denver's Pepsi Center. Contrast that to the $8.00 you'll shell out for a 12-ounce thimble at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay and it's no wonder Lightning crowds sound like a golf gallery most nights.

The survey also states that 18 million 12-ounce brews will be sold over the course of the shortened season, generating $142 million. That's about enough for each team to pay for a solid second-line forward...or to park a goalie in the minor leagues if you're the Islanders.

Ready to feel envy, or maybe a little relief, the next time you belly up to the concession stand? Check out this handy infographic.

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